Different Examples of Personal Injury Claims

August 25, 2016 Leave a comment

personal injury claim form that may or may not be used by a personal injury attorneyThere are many different situations when it is beneficial to hire a personal injury attorney in El Paso. As a result, you need to understand the different types of personal injury claims that can arise. Aranda Law Firm provides representation for victims of personal injury situations. In order for your accident to qualify as a personal injury suit, you must be able to prove that another person was responsible for your injuries. Additionally, depending on the type of suit, you must also prove that your injury was a direct result of their negligence.

Examples of Personal Injury Claims in El Paso

Some of the most common personal injury claims arise from:

  • motor vehicle accidents
  • product malfunctions
  • dog bites
  • unsafe property conditions

There are different requirements for legal cases concerning personal injury suits. For example, let’s say you wish to pursue a claim against a dog owner after their dog bites or attacks you. You haveClose-up of a man's hand splint for broken wrist bone to prove that the dog owner knowingly had their dog in a situation where a bite was highly probable. However, if the dog owner can prove you taunted or provoked the dog, your suit will be tossed out. In contrast, a defective product case doesn’t have to prove negligence at all. You can hold product manufacturers accountable if they simply release a product with a defect that causes harm. Different rules for different kinds of cases makes figuring out if you have a case or not difficult. Instead, turn to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to properly handle your case.

Finding a Personal Injury Attorney

Aranda Law Firm offers legal guidance and representation to personal injury victims throughout El Paso. We’ll help you determine if you have a case and will assist you in making your claim.   Contact us today to get your personal injury case started.

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Homeowner’s Insurance and Dog Bites—What You Should Know

August 23, 2016 Leave a comment

Silhouette of a woman with a dog threatening attack, whose owner will need a dog bite attorneyDog bites can be painful in more than one sense of the word, as any dog bit attorney can tell you. Often times, the aftermath of a dog bite in El Paso, or anywhere, is a legal mess. Make sure that if you own a dog, you know the extent of  your insurance protection in a dog bite situation. If you don’t know whether you’re covered or not, consider these tips and consult with a dog bite attorney.

A Dog Bite Attorney and Insurance for Dog Bites

Most homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will cover the liability expenses, up to a certain amount, of a dog bite. Dog bites are morBeware of dog sign in black and yellow that can prevent the need for a dog bite attorneye common than most people realize, which is why most insurance policies cover them. However, you should still consult a dog bite attorney. If you are the liable party in the situation, legal counsel is the best way to ensure your protection, as well as your dog’s. A dog bite attorney can help you to determine what exactly your insurance policy covers and if any additional steps may need to be taken. 

A Dog Bite Attorney and Lack of Insurance

If you find that your insurance policy does not cover dog bites, then it’s definitely time to consult with a dog bite attorney. Most people don’t think about the repercussions of something that they don’t physically do themselves. It is important, however, to recognize that people are responsible for their pets, as pets cannot be responsible for themselves. Don’t let a dog bite situation get even more complicated without first speaking to a professional. An attorney who knows the law when it comes to dog bites is the best option. 

If you find yourself in a dog bite situation, consider meeting with a dog bite attorney. Here at Aranda Law Firm in El Paso, we’d be happy to discuss your situation. Contact us today!

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What Exactly does Expunction of Records Mean?

August 17, 2016 Leave a comment

Glasses and pen on top of a criminal background check application, where expunction of records will avoid any past convictions or arrests from appearing on the checkThe expunction of records, also known as expungement of records, is the process of removing arrests and/or criminal convictions.  This is a process that requires the assistance of an attorney, because it involved filing legal motions. Notably, this process uses the “Motion of Expungement” motion. However complicated the process seems, this process is worth exploring for a variety of reasons. Remember, a criminal and arrest record will follow you where ever you go. Researching if you’re eligible and talking to an attorney about the process reveals many good reasons to pursue this option. With this in mind, here are a few facts about expunging your records. 

Eligibility for Expunction of Records

A lot goes into the expunction of records. Someone cannot simply make such a request without, at the very least, legal advice. The expunction of records is a process. The first step is to find out if you’re eligible or not. There isn’t just one rule of thumb for eligibility, which is why legal counsel is strongly needed. An attorney can help to determine your eligibility based on the charge or type of conviction, and the person. For this reason, the process is handled on a case by case basis. However, keep in mind that most eligible cases are minor offenses, including failure to report to school, arrests and convictions that were later overturned, and similar cases. 

Expunction of Records can Make Life Easiersepia toned picture/graphic with Polaroid picture that is black next to fingerprint records

If you’ve ever applied for a job, or applied to live somewhere, to volunteer, etc., then chances are you have been asked to pass a background check. Companies, apartment complexes, schools and other institutions do this in order to protect their organizations. While requiring a background check is an effective way to protect an organization, it can also be extremely inconvenient for a person who has previously convicted a crime. The expunction of records removes your arrest/crime records, which means they will not come up on background checks. 

If you’re in the El Paso area and want to know more about this process, find an experienced attorney to help. The Aranda Law Firm is ready to help you with this and any other legal concerns you have. We can help you deal with records in Texas, New Mexico, as well as Arizona. At the Aranda Law Firm, we are happy to discuss our legal services with you. Don’t take the chance of not knowing your options. Contact us today

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What Happens After a DWI Arrest?

August 15, 2016 Leave a comment

a glass with a key in it, with a blurred empty bottle in the backgroundMistakes and misunderstandings happen all too often. Dealing with DWI arrests can be difficult, especially in regards to the law. However, dealing with the anxiety of what the repercussions of that arrest are, can be even more difficult. A DWI in El Paso is a serious offense that merits a serious understanding of the charge and process following the charge. Here are two key things to do after a DWI arrest.

Hire a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney

This should be an accused person’s first step after a DWI arrest. Hiring a drunk driving accident attorney is crucial because the legal process can be messy and difficult to fully grasp without one. The attorney that one hires should specifically deal with cases involving DWI arrests. An experienced lawyer will understand the law, will know how to use it and most importantly, will know how to effectively apply it to a specific case.

Listen to Your Drunk Driving Accident AttorneyGavel, Alcoholic Drink & Car Keys, which implies the need for a drunk driving accident attorney

Listening to what your attorney says is very important. People tend to want to handle things on their own without seeking advice from others. A DWI arrest is not the situation to do things alone. Legal help is necessary. An experienced drunk driving accident attorney will be the one with the best advice. Family may mean well, but in this specific scenario, an accused person will want to take the advice from a seasoned professional over the emotionally driven advice of family members and friends. Pay special attention to what your attorney advises and follow that advice.

If you are in the El Paso area and you or someone you know has been involved in a DWI arrest, give us a call at the Aranda Law Firm. We’re willing to answer questions about DWI arrests and offer our legal services. Seeking legal counsel is the smartest move after a DWI arrest, so contact us today to schedule a meeting.

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A Quick Overview of Federal Drug Charges

August 11, 2016 Leave a comment

unbalanced golden brass scales of justice by drugsAt both the state and federal levels, it is a crime to possess, distribute or traffic illegal substances. However, drug charges largely depend on location, intent, and amounts. Federal drug charges are often more serious than state charges. The Aranda Law Firm is an experienced law firm in El Paso handling these types of cases. Here are a few examples of federal drug charges and what constitutes each of them.  

Federal Drug Charges: Drug Trafficking

This occurs when a person is manufacturing, distributing or possessing illegal drugs with the intent to distribute. Typically, the quantity of illegal drugs is what factors into the charges brought against the accused. A large quantity implies intent to distribute, making trafficking a federal offense. This is opposed to the less serious state crime of simply possessing illegal drugs.

Federal Drug Charges: Drug Manufacturing

The manufacturing of drugs has to do with the production of drugs. A person caught running an operation involving a large amount of illegal drugs, asbook with "drug law" and golden justice scales on the cover alongside a gavel on a wooden surface well as distributing or possessing paraphernalia can be charged with federal charges for manufacturing. Typically, manufacturing is added in conjunction with distributing or trafficking charges. You can also be charged with intent to distribute. 

Federal Drug Charges: Drug Conspiracy

Out of the many federal drug charges, this charge is a bit more abstract than the two above. Drug conspiracy has to do with the facilitation or promotion of the manufacturing or distributing of illegal drugs. In this case, the government must be able to prove that the charged person was aware of the conspiracy.

Since El Paso is a border city, illegal drug trafficking, manufacturing and conspiracy are hot topics. Make sure to seek proper counsel when you or someone that you know is accused of any of the crimes mentioned above. We’d be happy to answer any of your federal drug charges here at Aranda Law Firm. Contact us today

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The Importance of Confidentiality with a Criminal Defense Attorney

August 9, 2016 Leave a comment

A young woman has been arrested and handcuffed behind her back.When you are represented by a criminal defense attorney, it is their duty to keep your information private and confidential. You do not want anyone to know about the information that you share with your attorney. Fortunately, there are rules of confidentiality which ensure anything you tell your lawyer must remain private. The Aranda Law Firm an experienced criminal defense firm, which is why many clients throughout El Paso choose us. When you turn to us for help with your case, we maintain your confidence. Trust is essential between attorney and client in order to provide you with the best defense possible. 

Can an Attorney Share My Information?

It is essential for defendants be able to be 100 percent honest with their criminal defense attorney. In Texas,  rule 5.03 of the Texas Rules of Criminal Evidence actively protects privileged information between client and attorney.  This way, an defendant can be completely honest about thgavel on a white table with books in the backrounde events involving their case. The Bar Association rules and legal ethics impose a strong and inviolable duty of confidentiality on the attorney/client relationship. Attorneys cannot voluntarily disclose or talk about any information given to them by a client. Also, no one can compel a criminal defense attorney to testify against a client in court. There are exceptions to this rule. However, these exceptions aren’t many and the disclosure has to be very specific. For example, when a client makes an imminent threat of serious harm to someone, or similar situations.

Getting Help from a Criminal Defense Attorney

The Aranda Law Firm takes its obligations very seriously when it comes to confidentiality of client information. Criminal charges are a serious thing and you need to communicate openly with the person responsible for your defense. You want an attorney you can trust to keep your information private and to present a vigorous defense. Contact the Aranda Law Firm immediately if you have been accused of a crime. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start working towards your best outcome. 

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How A DWI Attorney Can Help After Multiple Charges

August 3, 2016 Leave a comment

a glass with alcohol a pair of handcuffs and car keys on a tabletopHave you been charged with a second drunk driving offense? If you already have a past conviction, you need to talk with a DWI attorney. For anyone in El Paso with DWI charges, the lawyers at the Aranda Law Firm can help.

What Happens After Multiple DWI Charges?

DWI is a very serious criminal charge. The penalties can become progressively worse if you already have a past conviction or if you’ve been arrested again. Those convicted of a second offense can receive a longer jail term. But that is just the start of the possible consequences that could occur. You could also find yourself with a lengthy suspension of your license. A required ignition interlock device can be installed in your vehicle at your expense. And, more commonly, your insurance costs will rise. Large fines are also possible, so the DWI can have devastating financial consequences.

Call On the Help of a DWI Attorney

Being arrested for a second drunk driving incident does not always have to lead to you being found guilty of the offense. A DWI attorney in El Paso will explore the different possible options that you have for responding to the charges that you are facing.

You could, for example, fight to have evidence suppressed and have charges dropped due to insufficient evidence. This could be a possible outcome if you were stopped illegally or if there was not probable cause for a law enforcement officer to check your blood alcohol concentration.a row of empty beer bottles with a cop car and a pedestrian car inside

How To Respond to the Charges

There are also other possible options for responding to charges, including trying to negotiate a reduced sentence through a plea deal or fighting conviction in court.

With this in mind, a DWI attorney in El Paso is going to help you to come up with a strategic and informed plan for fighting charges and trying to avoid the serious penalties of a second conviction.  When you need an experienced DWI attorney in El Paso, contact the Aranda Law Firm for help.

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How to Know if You Have a Personal Injury Case

August 1, 2016 Leave a comment

an injured person with arm bandaged A personal injury attorney can help you to determine if you have a case after an accident. Tort laws determine when you have a personal injury claim.  You need to prove specific elements of a case to successfully be able to recover compensation. Aranda Law Firm has helped many clients in El Paso evaluate their situations. We will help determine if they can make a case to recover compensation for injury. Can you make a case? We can represent you until the claim is resolved. We will get you the money you deserve. Either in court or through a negotiated settlement, we will succeed.

Determining if You Have a Personal Injury Case

Are you unsure if you have a personal injury case? You will need to first assess whether your accident was caused by any failure to live up to a duty of care. People have a general duty to try to keep others safe in many situations. So, if you can show a breach of duty happened, you should be able to make a personal injury claim. Negligence or failure to fulfill an obligation that causes direct cause of harm can also result in a claim. A personal injury attorney can help you to gather the evidence you need. This way, you can convince a jury a defendant harmed you. Additionally, you can convince a defendant’s insurer to settle a case and compensate you for losses.a personal injury attorney smling

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

Aranda Law Firm is ready to assist you today. With this in mind, let us determine if you have a case for compensation after an accident in El Paso.  You can learn about your options for recovering damages following accidents that occur. Personal injury attorneys can help ease the rough road ahead after your accident. Contact Aranda Law Firm today to speak with a personal injury lawyer.  

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What are the Most Common Cars Involved in Accidents?

July 25, 2016 Leave a comment

two cars in the early spring morning that were in an accidentA car accident attorney can provide help to any victims of automobile accidents. This can include personal injury or wrongful death claims. The key to these cases is determining who is at fault for causing the accident. Typically, car issues (faulty brakes, blind spots) are blamed for accidents.  In these cases, the types of cars involved are examined. The type of cars involved can be a big factor, especially if the driver at fault couldn’t control the vehicle or was unfamiliar with how to drive it. 

The Myth of Dangerous SUVs

Traditionally, SUVs were some of the most dangerous kinds of cars. This was due to their tendency to roll over during accidents, potentially causing further injuries.   Due to their top heavy design, SUVs and similar vehicles had a higher risk for rollover accidents.  However, SUVs are now safer due to new regulations that are designed to prevent fewer people from being seriously hurt or killed in rollover accidents.

Car Accidents are Caused by Driversgavel and pommel made of dark wood against a black background

Collectively, safety statistics and research have diminished one specific care type from causing accidents. However, drivers are ultimately to blame for car accidents, saving special circumstances. When we get on the road, we are taking on an inherent responsibility to keep ourselves and other drivers safe. Despite this, the most common cause of car accidents is human error. Unfortunately, no matter the reason for the car accident, injuries are always a potential result.

Getting Help from a Car Accident Attorney

No matter what kind of car or truck hit your vehicle in El Paso, the Aranda Law Firm can help you. We assist you in evaluating the crash cause and pursuing a claim for full compensation if you can prove the other driver was at fault. If the driver failed to address a manufacturer’s recall or issue, the make and model of the car become relevant. The Aranda Law Firm can offer assistance and advice to all victims in determining who to pursue a case against and in making the strongest claim possible. Contact us today for help.

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How to Handle Probation Violations Correctly

July 18, 2016 Leave a comment

a probation attorney from Aranda Law Firm can help you avoid these handcuffsAny probation violation attorney will tell you that probation violations are a huge risk to your conditional release. To clarify, probation a punishment used for convicted crimes that allows you to avoid or minimize jail time. As a result, these parameters are usually a condition for release and violating them carry serious consequences. In spite of this, violations to probation still occur on a regular basis. The right choice for people accused of violating their probation is to hire reliable an experienced legal representation. Aranda Law Firm can help you to decide on the best course of action in El Paso and the surrounding areas.

How to Handle a Claim You Violated Probation

The first thing to do when you are accused of a violation probation is to speak to an attorney.  They can review the violation claims, including the any evidence presented against you. At the Aranda Law Firm, our probation violation attorney will sit down and go over all the details with you. This way, we can advise you how best to respond and what arguments to make during a probation violation hearing.  Our law firm can represent you at your probation violation hearing. Ultimately, the goal is to avoid any consequences, or minimizing the consequences of an alleged probation violation.probation violation attorney helping out a client

The Right to Appeal Your Violation

The first thing to remember is that you have a right to address your probation violation in front of a judge. A hearing will be called when the probation violation cannot be settled or is of a more serious nature. Your attorney will prepare whatever defense you have agreed is best for your situation in the event of a hearing. In these cases, there are three common options to consider for defense.  One of your options is to try to show no violation occurred at all.  Another option is to try to argue that there is insufficient proof of the violation; specifically, by demonstrating that there is reasonable doubt.  Finally, a third option is to argue intent; essentially admitting the violation occurred, but showing extenuating circumstances.

Get Help from a Probation Violation Attorney

It is important to remember that any violation can be grounds to revoke your probation. Depending on your offense, the consequences can result in fines, added time to your probation, or even jail time. Speak with a probation violation attorney and begin building your defense to the accusations. Contact Aranda Law Firm today to handle probation violations. 

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